Mistborn

The Final Empire

Mistborn (Volume 1)

Brandon Sanderson

Tor Fantasy

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Brandon Sanderson, fantasy’s newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
 
Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.
But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.

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Chapter One
Ash fell from the sky.
 
Vin watched the downy flakes drift through the air. Leisurely. Careless. Free. The puffs of soot fell like black snowflakes, descending upon the dark city of Luthadel. They drifted in corners, blowing in the breeze and curling in tiny whirlwinds over the cobblestones. They seemed so uncaring. What would that be like?
 
Vin sat quietly in one of the crew’s watch-holes—a hidden alcove built into the bricks on the side of the safe house. From within it, a crewmember could watch the street for signs of danger.

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“Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters.”—Booklist on Mistborn
 
"Enjoyable, adventurous read that. . .should satisfy even easily-bored teens." --Locus on Mistborn
 
"A fascinating world . . . one that deserves a sequel." --The Washington Post on Mistborn
 

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Brandon Sanderson

BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for “The Emperor’s Soul,” a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris.

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Mistborn
The Final Empire
Brandon Sanderson

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Fantasy
July 2007
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765350381
ISBN10: 0765350386
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 672 pages
$7.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
December 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427206374
ISBN10: 1427206376
Audio Run Time: 22:30
$34.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765311788
ISBN10: 076531178X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 544 pages, Includes two black and white maps; Glossary
$34.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
5/13/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765377135
ISBN10: 0765377136
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 672 pages
Age Range: 13 to 18
Grade Range: 8 and up
$12.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429914567
ISBN10: 1429914564
544 pages
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